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Displaying items by tag: tpe how to make simple changes towards an eco-friendly lifestyle? Have you wondered where to buy your organic food and goods locally? Or how to be more energy efficient? Do you know what is recyclable in Belgium? We do - or we know someone who does! This site is intended to be an information rescource and focal point for ecologically minded people living in and around Brussels. Please revisit the site often, because we update it on a regular basis. http://sunbeams.eu Sun, 26 Mar 2017 22:51:23 +0000 Joomla! 1.5 - Open Source Content Management en-gb Forêt de Soignes Tree Planting Event - March 2012 http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/220-forêt-de-soignes-tree-planting-event http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/220-forêt-de-soignes-tree-planting-event Forêt de Soignes Tree Planting Event - March 2012

We are happy to report that our tree planting in  the Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud on 18 March was a complete success. More than 500 of you joined us and planted nearly 2,500 trees! Our heartfelt thanks to all you who came along or contributed. You can browse though some pictures of the event in our online album.

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Articles Sun, 03 Jun 2012 18:53:57 +0000
Tree Planting Event 2012 - All you need to know http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/206-tree-planting-event-2012-all-you-need-to-know http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/206-tree-planting-event-2012-all-you-need-to-know Tree Planting Event 2012 - All you need to know

Join us at our next tree planting event on 18 March 2012 - from 10.00 to 16.00 - in the Forêt de Soignes / Zoniënwoud which will be dedicated to Wangari Maathai. Check out this list of frequently asked questions and watch out for updates on this website, on our Facebook page and in our newsletter

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updates:

site conditions: Whilst we are expecting nice weather on the day, please note that this is a forest site with muddy and uneven conditions, we advise you to dress appropriately.

transport: for those wishing to use public transport, there will be a shuttle bus running between Boisfort train station and the planting site between 12.00 and 15.00. The shuttle, kindly provided by the International Montessori School, will run about every 30 minutes, approximately on the hour and half hour. If you plan to use the shuttle or would like more details please contact us

Frequently asked questions

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1. What is Sunbeams?

Sunbeams is a non-profit organization focused on bringing expatriates and Belgians together on nature and the environment. We are an international group of enthusiastic volunteers that provide practical-oriented information on an eco-friendly lifestyle to expats living in Belgium. We write articles, make presentations, conduct workshops and organize events.

2. What is ANB?

ANB (Agentschap voor Natuur en Bos), the Flemish governmental agency dealing with forests. They take care of the permission to turn a plot of land into a forest, prepare the ground and work with local forest rangers to select the appropriate species to be planted. They do a lot of activities on trees, publish a magazine and are very active in the UN Billion Tree Campaign.

3. What is the UNEP Billion Tree Campaign?

On 8 November 2006, the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched the new campaign 'Plant for the Planet: Billion Tree Campaign' which encourages all sectors of society to plant at least one billion trees worldwide each year. In a call to further action, the UNEP set a new goal of planting14 billion trees.. Every individual or organization is encouraged to register their pledges and planted trees online while ensuring that the trees planted are indigenous and appropriate for the local environment.

4. How do I register my pledges and trees with the UN billion tree campagin?

You don't need to worry about registering your trees. Sunbeams will register all of the pledges and trees on your behalf. This way we can insure that every tree is counted, but not counted twice.

5. Where can I find more information on the Billion Tree Campaign?

The UNEP has created a wonderful website that can provide you with further information regarding the campaign.

6. How much does it cost to plant a tree?

The cost to plant one indigenous tree is 5 euros. This price not only covers the tree, but includes the organization of the event, the land preparation including pre-dug holes, the tools needed to plant the tree(s), a biodegradable ribbon upon which to write your own 'special message' and a sticker identifying your participation and commitment to the environment. You will receive your sticker and ribbon(s) the day of the event (if you have not received them prior). Part of your contribution will go to a tree planting campaign of the Jane Goodall Institute in Congo (Africa). Last year we raised money to plant 1100 trees in Africa. For more info click here

7. Does all the money raised go to planting trees at this event?

Yes, the money collected from your school will be used entirely to plant the trees. Any surplus from the Belgian tree planting will be donated to the tree planting operation of JGI Congo, where it will be used to plant trees connecting two nature reserves for the wildlife to migrate between the two reserves. There will be no profit or fee for Sunbeams, ANB or the UNEP. 

8. Can I donate without attending the event on 18 March?

Yes. You do not have to be present at the event to 'plant a tree'. However, we do encourage everyone that is interested to join us that day.

9. Can I plant more than one tree?

Absolutely! It is perfectly feasible for a person to plant 10-20 trees at the event. All the holes will be predug, so it should not take a long time to plant one tree. If you or your children would get too tired to plant all of them, we will help you to plant the remaining trees by the end of the day.

10. Do you have a system in place for the fundraising?

We propose the use of our pledge sheet which will be available on our website. This allows not only the students/yourself to participate, but also family and friends that may be interested to sponsor trees.

11. How can we give students a feeling of ownership of their tree?

We suggest to use our downloadable saving cards. These cards will allow the children to "earn" their own tree in 5 steps.

12. What are the saving cards used for?

These could be used by the children at home, where the parents can agree upon some chores with them. They are not obligatory, but just a tool we offer. It can also be use for students not wishing to use the pledge sheets, but wanting to raise the money themselves. We would like the children to keep their saving cards and bring them to the event with their name on it: we will attached them to a big board and make a nice picture of it.

13. Can we contact Sunbeams for fundraising ideas at our school?

Yes you can! If after having read questions 9 -12you have need for further assistance, please feel free to contact us and we will do what we can to help.

14. Could Sunbeams make a presentation at our school/university/organization ?

Yes, we can! We did this in the past and talk about Wangari Maathai, the UN billion tree campaign, the tree planting event, the fundraising part and – if requested – we dress up as trees. Schools which had a Sunbeams presentation in the past are invited to give some of their students a leader role and make presentations in other classes.

15. Who was Wangari Maathai and why is the tree planting event dedicated to her?

Professor Wangari Maathai was the founder of Kenya's Green Belt Movement, which has planted more than 30 million trees in 12 African countries since 1977. She inspired the UN billion tree campaign. The first tree planted at the first Sunbeams forest in 2010 was dedicated to her. This time, in March 2012 the Sunbeams tree planting event will be dedicated to her.

16. What is the deadline for receiving pledges and the money transfer?

We wil accept pledges until all trees are sold. Pledges can be paid by bank transfer (see 18. below) until Wednesday 13 March, after that date please bring proof of payment, or cash. 
If trees are stil available we will however take donations up to the day of the event.

17. How is the money collected?

We ask you kindly to make a bank transfer to the Sunbeams account mentioning your name and amount of trees. We ask that schools have a designated person or system in place to collect the money for the entireschool/class(es). Once all pledges have been received, we kindly ask that you send us one amount on behalf of the entire school.

18. What is the Sunbeams account number?

Our account is with Triodos bank: 523-0803235-53. Please clearly mention the Tree Planting Event AND full name of yourself, your organization/school when you do the transfer.

19. What if someone is uncomfortable with giving cash or is giving a larger donation?

We then ask that they contact us directly at forest@sunbeams.eu. We can then give them the information necessary to make their own deposit.

20. Are there age restrictions to planting a tree?

Anyone over the age of 5 years is welcome to plant their own tree after a short demonstration on the appropriate way to do it. After the event a park ranger will then 'double check' all of the planted trees. Children below the age of 5 can plant a tree with the help of an adult.

21. Will you provide education materials or a presentation to the students prior to the event?

As a prize to the first 10 schools that commit to participate at the event, we, along with ANB, will come to the school and put on an educational and funny presentation on the types of trees that will be planted as well as their importance to the environment. If you are among the first to commit, you will be notified as soon as possible and an appointment for our visit in February will be made.

site mapthumb22. Where is the forest going to be planted?

This year the forest will be planted in the Forêt de Soignes/Zoniënwoud on the outskirts of Brussels, close to the castle of Groenendaal, Hoeilaert. Click here to see the location

23. Is transportation to and from the event provided?

We are working on the logistics of transportation. We will organize a bus leaving from from Molenbeek (exact time and place to be confirmed) and a shuttle bus will operate between Boisfort train station and the tree planting site between 12h00 and 15h00.  

24. How was the location chosen?

This location was chosen specifically for sunbeans by our partner ANB.

25. What do we need to bring to the event?

All of the tools needed to plant your tree(s) will be provided for you. You just need to wear comfortable and appropriate outdoor clothing suitable for getting a little dirty. Wellington boots or water tight boots are recommended. You are most welcome to bring some foldable chairs or tables to have your picnic or little party.

26. Will food be provided?

Organic soup will be provided free by reason2.be. You are also welcome to bring your own picnic to enjoy beside your tree.

27. How will we know where to plant our trees?

We will have volunteers present to direct you. The plot of land will be divided into sections: free planting areas and sections for your school/organization/company.

28. What is the best time for our school to come to the event?

Please contact forest@sunbeams.eu to find the most suitable time for your school to meet there. The forest association would like us to group the schools in order to be able to guide groups of 20 children at a time to actually plant the trees. It will also make it easier for parents to find the school at the event and to meet up with other parents.

29. How will the students remain safe?

As we are a small organization and do not have the volunteer capacity to look after every section, we ask that the school provides supervision over their designated space. Whether this be teachers or parents is at the school's discretion.

30. How do I receive more information about the event?

Check back here for all the latest information. Please feel free to contact us at forest@sunbeams.eu with any specific questions you may have

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Articles Fri, 03 Feb 2012 08:56:00 +0000
Thank You Everyone! http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/189-thank-you-everyone http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/189-thank-you-everyone Thank You Everyone!

On a beautiful spring day, people of all ages and backgrounds planted the second Sunbeams forest in Belgium. International and Belgian schools, scout groups and girl guides, ambassadors and children, Belgian and expat organisations, all had the same task on that sunny day: to turn a meadow into a forest. Together, they planted 4300 trees in one day in the outskirts of a village called Oetingen (Gooik)!

 

People of all ages and backgrounds planted trees for different reasons - they planted trees for the planet, for a better environment, for more oxygen, because they like trees, because they love tree hugging, because they love to climb trees, because they enjoy making a major difference together, or simply because they "love the treats after the planting". Whatever their reasons were, the result was powerful! A new Sunbeams forest of 4300 trees - each proudly waving a ribbon with a message of love, peace, remembrance, or pure fun.

We had some remarkable fundraisers who worked hard to earn their trees: some went to the office of their dad to collect money for trees, some raised money for 570 trees with a group of just 7 individuals, some did a friendly competition between classes at their school and got this year's highest score for a school (170 trees!), and some did chores at home to earn their tree. On the day itself, however, everyone combined the tree planting with fun - a family biking 18 km to get there, people celebrating a birthday party in the meadow, children running between the saplings, and others enjoying a picnic.

We were proud to have some special guests this year: a few ambassadors planting with their families, like the one from the UK, and even an EU commissioner. The Sunbeams event had a sub-event this year: the Slovenian community celebrated their 20th anniversary of independence by planting saplings of their national tree, the linden tree, at our event. "Nature is beautiful, but also mighty," said Mr. Janez Poto?nik, the EU Commissioner for the Environment. He opened their celebration by highlighting the international cooperation needed to address the pressing environmental issues of today. Mr. Poto?nik and the Slovenian ambassadors spoke and planted their own linden trees together with the Slovenian community, answered questions from children, helped them to plant their trees, and posed for pictures with them.

Like last year, technical assistance to plant all the trees in one day was provided by the Forest Association of Flanders (VBV). After some physical work, it was lovely to taste the organic homemade soup of our colleagues from Reason2.be and to chat with the nature organisations present with their booth for a second year in a row. Knowing the forest we planted in 2010 is thriving, we cross our fingers for this new one and we will keep you posted on the progress of these saplings on our Facebook page and on our website.

We were extremely happy and overwhelmed after such a day. It felt absolutely great to have made such a difference together!

Thank you all!

Ilke Pedersen-Beyst

President of Sunbeams

P.S. A special newsletter on the tree planting event is on its way with some delay, but not forgotten!

This article was originally published in the May 2011 edition of the Sunbeams Newsletter.

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Articles Fri, 20 May 2011 10:28:47 +0000
sunbeams tree planting 2011 - Mission Accomplished! http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/182-sunbeams-tree-planting-2011-mission-accomplished http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/182-sunbeams-tree-planting-2011-mission-accomplished sunbeams tree planting 2011 - Mission Accomplished!

the sunbeams tree planting event on 20 March was a huge success. Thank you to everyone who pledged trees came along - especially the sunshine! A full report will be posted here soon. In the meantime you can see some photos in our picasa album - https://picasaweb.google.com/eu.sunbeams.eu/TPE2011# - check back regularly as we will be updating it with photos as they come in.

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Articles Mon, 21 Mar 2011 12:35:42 +0000
tree planting event 2011 - information pack http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/181-tree-planting-event-information-pack http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/181-tree-planting-event-information-pack

Following is some useful information in preperation for the tree planting event on 20 March 2011.

 

Organisation

Copy_of_VBV_logoThe tree planting event is organised by sunbeams with the technical assistance of the Flemish Forestry Association (VBV - Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen) and the support of the King Baudouin Foundation (BreXpat), the Agency for Nature and Forest, and the Flemish Government.

Location

The forest will be planted in the village of Oetingen, which is in the commune of Gooik, 20km west of Brussels.

The address of the site is Frankrijkstraat 10, however there will be limited parking in the adjacent streets so we encourage you to park in the town square (Kerkplein, 1755 Gooik - Lat. Long. 50?46'23.22"N  4?03'47.76"E or 50.77305334702715,4.063235521316528) which is a short walk from the site. The walking route will be signposted for you.

Public Transport

You can travel to the site on public transport from Brussels Station in an hours, using a train and 2 buses. Trains depart about every 2 hours.
You can use the De Lijn journey planner to plan your route. 
The destination information is:
Aankomst gemeente: GOOIK
Straat: FRANKRIJKSTRAAT (OETINGEN)
Nr. 10

Timing

The event takes place between 10.00 and 16.00 on Sunday 20 March 2011 and you may come whenever suits you. Larger groups have been asked to co-ordinate their arrival with us to avoid too many people arriving at the same time. There will be a formal welcome for several dignitaries at 11.30.

Clothing & Footwear

We have arranged that it will not rain on Sunday and the temperature will be moderate, however please keep in mind that you will be in a field with long grass so please dress suitably and wear sturdy, waterproof footwear.

Registration

On arrival please go to the registration tents where you will be given the appropriate number of tags for your trees.

Payment

If you have not yet paid for your tree(s) please be prepared to pay with cash on the day. If you have made a transfer since Wednesday please bring a copy as proof of payment.

Planting

After registration you will be given a short demonstration on how best to plant your tree(s). The holes will be prepared in advance and spades will be available for your use.

Afterwards...

Once you have planted your tree(s) you are welcome to stay and enjoy the atmosphere for as long as you like. Several organisations will have stands for you to visit, including: Reason2.be (bio-basket delivery, with hot soup to sample!), Brussels Gardener's Club (gardening), Jeugdbond Voor Natuur (Nature), Vogelbescherming Vlaanderen (Birds),

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Articles Thu, 17 Mar 2011 15:57:02 +0000
Tree Planting - CO2 Offsetting http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/180-tree-planting-co2-offsetting http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/180-tree-planting-co2-offsetting

As well as making Belgium greener, planting trees with sunbeams will help reduce your carbon footprint. Here are some facts about CO2:

  • Europe produces the equivalent of 9 tonnes of CO2 per person per year (so everybody should plant 40 trees!)
  • 1 tree represents roughly 0.2 tonnes of CO2  saved per year
  • Which is approximately the CO2 produced by:
    • 1 return flight Brussels-Dublin
    • 1,000km in an average car (Volkswagen Golf)
    • generating 350kWh of electricity – the average person in Belgium uses 2,263kWh per year (6.5 trees) whilst in Germany it’s only 1,533kWh (4.4 trees)

Please note that the figures above are only intended as a rough guide. The amount of CO2 produced various means varies greatly and the amount of CO2 absorbed by trees also varies based on species, location, age etc.

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Articles Thu, 10 Mar 2011 22:24:27 +0000
PRESS RELEASE: Belgians and Expats to Plant a Forest in One Day http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/179-press-release-belgians-and-expats-to-plant-a-forest-in-one-day http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/179-press-release-belgians-and-expats-to-plant-a-forest-in-one-day

WHAT: The 2nd Sunbeams tree planting event! As a contribution to the United Nations Environment Programme’s (UNEP) Billion Tree Campaign, Belgians and expatriates of all ages will join forces in Gooik on Sunday, March 20th, 2011 to plant a forest of several thousand trees in a single day. The initiative is organized by Sunbeams with the technical assistance of the forest association of Flanders or Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen (VBV). This initiative is supported by the King Baudouin Foundation (BreXpat), the Agency for Nature and Forest, and the Flemish Government.

As well as planting a forest in Belgium, participants at this Sunbeams event will be making a financial contribution to the planting of a green corridor in the Republic of the Congo, a project organized by Jane Goodall’s Roots and Shoots program.

Media attending the event will be able to:

  • Interview tthe EC Commissioner for Environment (Mr. Janez Poto?nik), the British Ambassador, (Mr. Jonathan Brenton), the Slovene Ambassador (Mrs. Anita Pipan), the founder and president of Sunbeams (Mrs. Ilke Pedersen-Beyst), the representative of UNEP (Mrs. Cecilia Morales), the director of the VBV (Mr. Bert De Somviele), and other key guests, including a delegation from the Slovenian Embassy who will be commemorating their national independence.
  • Take human interest video or photographs of the event organizers, the site of the new forest, and event participants, including children from many Belgian and international schools actively planting trees together.

WHEN: 11.30 a.m. on Sunday, March 20th, 2011 (Official Welcome)

WHERE: Frankrijkstraat 10, 1755 Gooik.

WHO: Sunbeams is a not-for-profit association that helps people living in Belgium take practical steps towards living a more environmentally-responsible lifestyle.

The VBV (Vereniging voor Bos in Vlaanderen) is a key European participant in UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign and has pledged to plant 1 million trees in Flanders. They provide the technical support to the Sunbeams event.

UNEP is the voice for the environment within the United Nations system. Its Billion Tree Campaign is a tree planting initiative that has already seen over 10 billion trees planted worldwide.

TO ATTEND: To register your interest in attending this event, please contact Ilke Pedersen-Beyst: ilke@sunbeams.eu (+32 (0)488 878 014).

MORE INFO: www.sunbeams.eu, www.vbv.be, www.1miljoenbomen.be, www.unep.org/billiontreecampaign/

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Articles Thu, 10 Mar 2011 20:11:56 +0000
EU Environment Commissioner to Participate in Subeams Tree Planting Event on 20 March http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/178-eu-environment-commissioner-to-participate-in-subeams-tree-planting-event-on-20-march http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/178-eu-environment-commissioner-to-participate-in-subeams-tree-planting-event-on-20-march EU Environment Commissioner to Participate in Subeams Tree Planting Event on 20 March

The European Union Commissioner for the Environment, Mr Janez Potocnik, will be amongst the participants at the 2nd 'plant a forest with sunbeams' event, which takes place on Sunday 20 March 2011 in Gooik, 20km west of Brussels.The Commissioner will join other members and officials of the Slovenian community in Belgium to plant 50 Lime trees to celebrate Slovenian national day.

In March 2010 expats and Belgians came together for the first 'plant a fores't with sunbeams' event. Over 2,000 trees were planted in one day and are now bursting back into life with the return of spring. 

This year we have secured a bigger plot of land and hope to plant many more trees. As well as having a tree panted in your name, participating at the event cancontribute to offsetting your carbon emissions. You can either come along to the event and plant your own trees, or let us plant the tree for you and dedicate it to you or somebody special. It's a great way to commerate a special event or remember someone special.

The event is open to all and full details can be found here.

Your can see coverage of last year's event here.


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Articles Thu, 10 Mar 2011 10:41:45 +0000
Come Together for a Common Goal: Plant a Tree in Belgium and Support a Project in Congo http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/177-come-together-for-a-common-goal-plant-a-tree-in-belgium-and-support-a-project-in-congo http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/our-articles/item/177-come-together-for-a-common-goal-plant-a-tree-in-belgium-and-support-a-project-in-congo Come Together for a Common Goal: Plant a Tree in Belgium and Support a Project in Congo

Last year expats, Belgian nationals and the Flemish Forest Association accomplished something miraculous: the creation of a new forest in mere hours! If you were there, you might remember the chilly damp weather or the glee of muddy children. Surely, you would recall the sight of a barren plot of land magically filling with fresh saplings. That day, a monument to solidarity in the face of threats to our global environment was born. The tender young forest is thriving today.

The Tree Planting Event has come to represent the essence of what Sunbeams tries to accomplish. People from each socio-economic strata have the opportunity see each other as colleagues instead of strangers. The businessman with impressive expense accounts can be just as mud-happy as the inner city children reveling in what may be for some, a first glimpse into the world of worms and beetles. Sunbeams emphasizes practical steps, and our forest is one marvelous practical step. That forest demonstrates that expats, who may not view Belgium as their permanent home, are also committed to helping enrich their natural surroundings. They also recognize the global impact that trees make on our lives in everything - from sheltering biodiversity to purifying our air and water. Trees planted in Belgium serve not only this country, but also the world.

This year Sunbeams is striving to increase our global impact by partnering with a Congolese troupe from the Jane Goodall Roots and Shoots program. These youth have accepted an inspiring challenge: in an effort to improve the migratory odds for indigenous wildlife (including those loveable chimpanzees which Goodall is best known for) they are endeavoring to plant a green corridor between two forests. This corridor should help provide necessary shelter, nutrition and camouflage for wildlife travelling between the two forests. Local adults, trained by Jane Goodall staff, will help protect the area. For every five euros donated towards planting trees in Belgium, a contribution will be made to the Roots and Shoots program in Congo. By spending a day dedicating yourself to the beautification of a section of Flanders, you really are making a positive global impact on the environment.

Forests are places where children really can believe in magic. I know I did when I was a child. Where there were trees, there were also infinitesimal worlds inhabited by miniature beasties. Secrets floated to the skies on the iridescent wings of butterflies. Fallen leaves crunched and squelched underfoot in their own arboreal symphony. I had the chance to play among the trees as a child. I consider it not only a duty, but a privilege to be able to help make those magical forests available to my children and hopefully, to generations to come. In fact, a section of the larger plot organized for this planting action will be dedicated as a children’s play forest. This year, Sunbeams will be holding another Tree Planting Event on Sunday March 20th in Gooik. We are once again dedicated to supporting UNEP’s Billion Tree Campaign. However, this year we’d like to plant even more trees! To facilitate things, we will be arranging shuttle bus transport to help those who choose to come by public transport. People of all ages, faiths and nationalities are encouraged to come and help us create something that will last for generations. For those who are unable to attend we offer the possibility to donate; for every five euros given, a tree will be planted in your honour. To register for more information about the event or to pledge your commitment to planting trees please go here.

Sections of this article appeared in the BCT magazine, Small Talk.

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Articles Wed, 09 Mar 2011 13:31:54 +0000
Slovenian embassy to celebrate 20 years of country's independence by planting trees with sunbeams http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/positive-news/item/173-slovenian-embassy-to-celebrate-years-of-countrys-independence-by-planting-trees http://sunbeams.eu/index.php/information/positive-news/item/173-slovenian-embassy-to-celebrate-years-of-countrys-independence-by-planting-trees Slovenian embassy to celebrate 20 years of country's independence by planting trees with sunbeams

This year the Republic of Slovenia is celebrating its 20th anniversary of independence. To commemorate this, as well as the International Year of Forests, proclaimed by the United Nations General Assembly, and to help greening our Planet, the Embassy of Slovenia will join us at the tree planting event on Sunday, the 20th of March 2011 in Oetingen, 20 km west of Brussels.

The Ambassador of the Republic of Slovenia in Belgium, the embassy staff, and Slovenians living in Belgium will plant 20 linden trees (tilia europaea). In Slovenia, the linden tree has been considered much more than a renewable natural resource. From time immemorial, it has been regarded as a national symbol due to its special role. To this day, many a Slovenian village still clusters around an ancient linden tree, and for a good reason. Throughout history, the tree has served as a social and political center of the village. To its inhabitants it symbolized the "tree of life".

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Positive news Tue, 01 Mar 2011 13:00:23 +0000